I am hoping that forumites may be able to offer some suggestions for stimulating reads for a new book club that is starting in the village I have recently moved too. I am hosting the first meeting and it is up to me to choose the book for the first month.
It's an all-female group ranging in age from late forties to 70-ish. None of the other participants has a kindle so we'll need 'real' books. I have only limited knowledge of the group's literary tastes. Two at least tend towards the highbrow end of literary fiction and I know that a previous book group fell apart because the majority of the members were irritated by what they saw as 'lowbrow' choices provided by the somewhat domineering group leader - chick-lit, mainstream thrillers and, worst of all according to the comments I have heard, Dan Brown who seems to be a category all by himself! We have all agreed that we are open to trying things we would not otherwise have chosen.
I will admit that my starting point has been my exceedingly large 'to be read' list and I am toying with one of three: Amitav Ghosh 'The Glass Palace'; Tan Twan Eng 'The Garden of Evening Mists'; Alan Hollinghurst 'The Stranger's Child'. I am really looking for something that will stimulate discussion but not be too off-putting. I am a little worried that the Ghosh and Hollingshurst books are 500 pages+ which doesn't bother me in the least but I can see might be a little daunting.
Any thoughts you may have would be much appreciated, particularly in relation to books which have proved fruitful for discussion in book groups you have participated in.
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